The world of sports never sleeps! Here are the major sports headlines for today. India vs Australia: Team India releases its playing XI for 3rd Test match, Saini to make his Test debut! With India and Australia looking forward to locking horns tomorrow at the SCG, Team India has released its playing XI for the […]
The world of sports never sleeps! Here are the major sports headlines for today.
India vs Australia: Team India releases its playing XI for 3rd Test match, Saini to make his Test debut!
With India and Australia looking forward to locking horns tomorrow at the SCG, Team India has released its playing XI for the third test, with some interesting changes. Rohit Sharma, who was announced as the vice-captain of the team for the last 2 Tests, makes his way back into the team, replacing opener Mayank Agarwal. With Agarwal looking out of sorts in the first two Tests, Rohit Sharma will be partnering Shubman Gill at the top of the order, making this the third opening combination for India in as many matches.
On the other hand, Navdeep Saini is all set to make his test debut, replacing Umesh Yadav who got injured in the previous test match at the MCG. While many might dispute the decision of including Navdeep Saini in the playing XI, one has to look into his first-class record. Navdeep Saini has scalped a total of 128 wickets in an impressive first-class career so far, being the highest wicket-taker for Delhi in the 2017-18 season of the Ranji Trophy. His consistent performances throughout the past few years surely merit his inclusion in the playing XI, over the likes of Natarajan and Shardul Thakur.
With a magnificent win over the kangaroos in the Boxing Day Test, the Ajinkya Rahane-led team would be eyeing another victory to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
India’s playing XI for the third test: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand secures the top spot in Test cricket for the first time
Among other major sports headlines for today, there was good news for fans of New Zealand cricket. After an impressive run of results in Test matches over the course of the last couple of seasons, the New Zealand cricket team secured the top spot in ICC Test Rankings, for the first time in history. By decimating Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second and final test at Christchurch, the Kiwis secured a 2-0 series whitewash.
The phenomenal victory in the second test was the result of heroics from captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell and Kyle Jamieson. There was a first Test century for Mitchell, while Nicholls continued his impressive form with a second consecutive century. Kane Williamson led from the front, scoring a mammoth 238 runs in the first innings.
In doing so, he became the fastest New Zealand batsman to score 7,000 runs in Test cricket. Another record shattered by Kane Williamson in the second test was record number of fifties by any Kiwi in the longest format of the game (56). Moreover, Kane Williamson is only 74 runs short of making 12,000 international runs and is currently the highest-ranked test batsman in the world.